Our Picks for the 12 Best Choices You Can Make This Month
July 27- August 5
Shakespeare’s All’s Well that Ends Well
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Playing the last weekend of July and the first weekend of August, Shakespeare’s All’s Well that Ends Well tells the story of Helen, who saves the King’s life and is granted permission to marry whatever nobleman she wants. Although she chooses Bertram, he’s not super into her. This romantic tragicomedy was first performed in 1741 but is believed to have been written between 1604 and 1605. Bring your family and pretend you live in Shakespearean times for the evening. Part of Stan Hywet’s outdoor summer season, this comedy turns the classic fairy tale trope upside down. Tickets cost between $15 and $33, and drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.
Name this Tune & Ladies Night
9 pm – 11:45 pm
No more using Shazam every time you need help recognizing a song. Every Wednesday bring your girl friends to play music trivia and win some prizes. Enjoy some food and drink specials, like $1 tacos and $3 wells. You can also order some of Ed’s cheesesteak sandwiches that are on special, too. You can also challenge your friends to a game of pool or darts if music trivia isn’t up your alley. This humpday night out is free to attend, so get the ladies together for a fun trivia night. What could be better than listening to music, playing games, eating tacos and drinking a margarita at the same time? Whatever it is, it’s probably more expensive.
Saturday, July 7
VAIN: AKRON at Interbelt Nightclub feat. Miz Cracker
If you’re a fan of watching drag races, this might be the spot for you. Drag Queen Miz Cracker from season 10 of RuPaul’s “Drag Race” is coming to Akron for a meet and greet and a performance hosted by Lola LeCroix. VAIN, a show from Pittsburgh, is coming to Akron for a night of drag. Lola LeCroix is one of the top drag performers around the country and has performed cities such as Cleveland and Denver. Although she didn’t win the season of “Drag Race,” Miz Cracker has gained enough of a following and will even have her own show called “JewTorials.” General admission tickets cost $18, and VIP tickets cost either $30 or $45.
Monday, July 9
Witchcraft throughout the World
7 pm – 8 pm
No, it’s not Halloween and it’s not a play about the Salem Witch Trials. It’s an educational talk about where witches came from and their different meanings around the world. Discuss the history and origins of witchcraft from around the world with A Creative ApothaCare, an alternative and holistic health service, what the owners call a “herbal hippie witchy” shop, on Massillon Road. They will mention the Salem Witch Trials and note the similarities between the events of witchcraft in the United States and events in different regions around the world.
Summer Arts Camp: Busy Bee’s
9 am – 12 pm
It’s no secret that bees are essential to the environment and to all life. This summer, your kids can experience the importance of honey bees in a fun art camp. Using Ohio beeswax, local artists are teaming up to teach kids how to make their own beeswax honeycomb keepsake. They’ll also get a lesson on hand-building with clay and how to create their very own bumble bee figurine. A freelance artist, candle chandler from Urban Buzz and a foster and pollinator specialist will be leading this summer art workshop for kids. The young campers will also learn about the importance of honey bees while exploring the Cascade Valley park. They’ll also take a walk to the Mustill Store, which is one of the oldest structures in Akron and has been restored as a museum, where pollinator specialist Denny Reiser will talk about the importance of the honey bee culture. Tickets cost $25 per child.
Music in the Valley Folk and Wine Festival
Did you know wine and folk music is the perfect combo? Hale Farm does. Come soak up the sun, listen to folk music and experiment with different local wineries at your favorite historical spot in Bath. At the Hale Farm and Village, located off of Ira Road on Oak Hill Road, you can purchase drink tickets and try wine from 11 different wineries. Hundreds of musicians jam out in the grass in circles and strum their banjos and ukuleles. Regional musicians will also play their hits on the Village Green Stage where wine drinkers can sip and enjoy the surroundings. And of course, there’ll be plenty of food vendors and children’s activities. This is a great way to spend a hot summer’s day. For more information, check out: https://www.wrhs.org/events/music-in-the-valley-folk-wine-festival-2-copy/
Thursday, July 12
Choir of Babble, The Lowsiders and Joe Ridson and The 815 Live
Annabell’s Bar & Lounge
10 pm – 2 am
Sometimes, all you need is a night of fist-pumping rock music and psychedelic bands. At Annabell’s Bar & Lounge, Georgia-based rock band the Choir of Babble, which formed in 2016, will perform its “haunting melodies” that were inspired from bands like The Smiths, Radiohead and Nirvana. The Lowsiders, a psychedelic garage band from Northeast Ohio will fill the lounge with “schizophrenic melodies.” If these two bands won’t be enough mind-changing music, Joe Ridson and The 815 from Green Valley, Ohio, will also show off their talents and their energetic songs.
Thursday, July 19
The Goodyear Theater
8 pm – 11 pm
In the same theater that has been around since 1920 where greats such as Lyle Lovett and Oasis has performed, another band will be making its mark in Akron. Moe., a rock band from Buffalo, is coming to perform its newest album, “The Conch” during its summer tour around the country. Forming in 2001, the band has created several albums, one of which got four stars from Rolling Stone and Blender Magazine. Moe. has performed at theaters in New York, Chicago, Denver and even the Caribbean before making its way to Akron. Tickets for the show cost between $20 and $37.
8 pm – 10 pm
Sometimes you have to have a night out with your lady friends to burn some energy and relieve stress. Use your arm strength to lift yourself up a rock wall and spend quality time with your pals at the Rock Mill, located near University of Akron and downtown. You’ll kick off the night with a yoga class and then learn how to rock climb. You can even try out bouldering, a more short-range climb that doesn’t involve being hooked up to ropes. The event is free for members and first-time visitors and is $10 for non-members.
Akron African American Cultural Association Festival
12 pm – 9 pm
Come celebrate African American culture with local music and art as well as a talent show and a chess tournament. The 38th annual African American Cultural Association Festival is a weekend that highlights the talents and accomplishments of African American culture. Learn about your roots through African drum making workshops and an African marketplace filled with different vendors. Timbara, a Latin, soul and Afro funk band will kick off the festivities on Friday and groups such as Half Mile Home and Hubby Groove will perform Saturday. This free event is a fun weekend activity with the family. The festival starts Friday and goes ‘til Sunday, when the band Zapp from Dayton, Ohio will take things home.
Spider Baby (1967)
10:30 pm – 1:30 am
The Nightlight movie theater is showing vintage horror movies every Friday night. Dubbed the “maddest story ever told,” Spider Baby, rated R, tells the tale of a family with a disease that causes them to regress mentally after the age of 10 as they physically develop. Distant relatives come to take advantage of them and try to steal their home. The 1967 film directed by Jack Hill has been converted to stage adaptations as well as different remakes. The Nightlight Cinema is an independent, nonprofit movie theater in Akron that opened in 2014 and since then has featured many different films, from indie films to the most popular films in the box office. General admissions tickets cost $9.
Monday, July 30
7 pm – 9 pm
You probably read Romeo & Juliet in high school or heard people recite “To be or not to be” from Hamlet before, but you haven’t dug down into Shakespeare’s works like you can during Shakespeare Week. Kick off the first-ever Jewish Shakespeare Week with a workshop in which you can analyze and examine different Jewish themes in Shakespeare’s works while eating dessert and sipping on drinks. Two actors from the Ohio Shakespeare Festival will be there to help study scenes and play theater games to help you “demystify” Shakespeare’s texts.